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Parts and Tools For The RV Urbandale IA

Carrying the right tools, spare RV parts, and batteries can help to avoid a service call or visit or the need to buy a replacement product. It’s important for RVers to consider what may be needed to keep the RV happy and keep everything on or in the RV working properly. For starters, make sure you have the Operation and Maintenance documents for the RV and all the systems and equipment in the RV when you are out on the road.

Aamco Transmissions Complete Car Care
(515) 954-7209
3416 SE 14th St
Des Moines, IA
Promotion
We do not sell parts over the counter.
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : Aamco
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Bob Brown Chevrolet
(515) 278-7850, 001-2004
4224 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Westside Auto Pros
(515) 225-9090, 001-2004
1901 NW 92 Court
Clive, IA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Sears Auto Center
(515) 278-7290
Merle Hay Ml-4000 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
Store Hours
Sears Auto Centers
Store Type
Sears Auto Centers
Hours
Mon:8-19
Tue:8-19
Wed:8-19
Thu:8-19
Fri:8-19
Sat:8-21
Sun:10-18
Store Features
Mon:8-19
Tue:8-19
Wed:8-19
Thu:8-19
Fri:8-19
Sat:8-21
Sun:10-18

AAMCO
(515) 277-6488
2603 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: Alternating Saturdays

Ankeny Auto Body 1
(515) 257-7694
1501 Se Cortina Drive
Ankeny, IA
Promotion
Lifetime Guarantee on All Collision Services
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Paintless Dent Removal, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Auto Unibody, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Collision, Dent, Dodge, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Post Inspections, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suspension, Suzuki, Towing, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

Beckley Automotive Services
(515) 243-8185, 001-2004
901 - 8th Street
Des Moines, IA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Shade Tree Auto
(515) 986-5241
5432 Miehe Drive #5
Grimes, IA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Jiffy Lube
(515) 270-8557
3609 MERLE HAY RD
DES MOINES, IA
Hours
Sun: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Store Holiday Hours
Mother's Day: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Aamco Transmissions
(515) 277-6488
2603 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
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Essential RV Parts and Tools to Carry While On the Road

Can You Fix It?


By Alan Lidstone

One of the goals of all RVers is to carry a tool box, but never have to open it. Unfortunately, since RVs are essentially rolling homes loaded with the conveniences that make traveling and relaxing more fun, we have to be prepared to “fix” something that is not working quite right or not working at all.

Carrying the right tools, spare RV parts, and batteries can help to avoid a service call or visit or the need to buy a replacement product. It’s important for RVers to consider what may be needed to keep the RV happy and keep everything on or in the RV working properly.

For starters, make sure you have the Operation and Maintenance documents for the RV and all the systems and equipment in the RV when you are out on the road. Besides operating information, the documents and brochures usually provide excellent troubleshooting steps to take when the equipment is not operating properly. Also, make sure you have the necessary information to contact emergency roadside service providers and extended warranty or continuing service plan providers. It's always important to be aware of local RV services available in the areas you will be traveling.

We strongly recommend that all RVers travel with an air pressure gauge and an air compressor (that can reach all tires) to keep all tires properly inflated, along with a jack capable of lifting the RV, triangular reflective safety markers (in case of breakdown), and wheel chocks. Keeping the last set of windshield wipers and engine belts when you replace them may help you or another RVer should the need arise.

An RV tool box should include a flashlight and spare batteries, 3/8-inch and 1/4-inch socket set including a 3/8- to-1/2-inch adapter and extensions, an open-end hex wrench set, a heavy-duty adjustable wrench, pliers, work gloves, safety glasses, slotted and Phillips head screwdrivers, a rubber mallet, and a hammer. You may also want to consider a battery-powered 3/8-inch electric drill and drill set.

Some other items that RVers should carry are silicone spray lubricant, silicone adhesive (tube), electrical tape, WD-40 lubricant, Kwik-Lube lubricant (for steps and slides), and heavy-duty duct tape (handy for leaks and temporary repairs). RVs with slideouts or leveling systems may require special tools to retract the slides or leveling system in the event of malfunction. Please consult your manual for those essentials.

Having battery jumper cables, a battery filler container, and a specific-gravity tester will enable you to check (and jump) batteries when necessary. RVers should also carry extra engine oil, hydraulic fluid for the transmission, brake fluid, and windshield cleaner.

Also helpful is a one-gallon water bottle (can be filled from RV fresh water tank) and funnel for adding water to your radiator.

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